Could Lineman Rodeo Become Flagship Event For L’burg?

Posted On November 30, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities photo.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A second lineman rodeo may be held in Lawrenceburg in 2018.

Duane Richardson, managing consultant for the Indiana Municipal Electric Association, asked city leaders on November 20 to back the idea of hosting an annual competition for public utility employees.

“I think it’s good for the community. It’s good for the utilities. Participation will be outstanding. I’m sure of that,” Richardson said.

Lineworkers from across the tri-state region could come to the city to compete in the Whiskey City Rodeo, said city utility director Olin Clawson. The family-friendly event will pit utility crews against one another in a showcase of their skills and knowledge.

The Lawrenceburg Utility Board gave a favorable recommendation to Lawrenceburg City Council to on sponsoring next year’s lineman rodeo for $15,000. Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities would match that. The Indiana Municipal Power Association may also make a considerable donation to the event, Clawson said.

Lawrenceburg previously hosted the lineman rodeo in 2016. Clawson said multiple downtown businesses commented that the weekend of the rodeo was their most profitable ever.

“It was a huge success,” added Richardson.

The 2018 rodeo may be a larger event with music and entertainment. It could become a flagship event for the city, Clawson said.

No date for the 2018 event has been announced.